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Gelila Tsega
Director of Management and Operations , US Government
Senegal, United States
Dynamic management professional with 15+ years of experience leading technical assistance programs in Sub-Saharan Africa; multilingual(English, French, Amharic); and with a wealth of transferable skills from experience in government (US), for-profit (DAI), and nonprofit sectors (IFRC, American Red Cross, LWR). Extensive experience in risk-management in the international development sector.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Administration, Management, Accounting/Finance, Procurement
  • Agriculture, Livelihoods, Microfinance, Rural
  • Capacity Building, Training, Advocacy, Political
  • Director, CEO, COP, President
  • Disaster, Aid, Emergencies, Relief
Professional Experience:
Seasoned management professional able to confidently assume leadership roles, manage multiple and competing portfolio of projects, with demonstrated ability to prioritize my work, engage a team, navigate complex systems and multiple stakeholders to skillfully and reliably negotiate and achieve consensus, and deliver results on time.

Extensive financial management experience with in-depth grasp of financial principles and practices; with ability to see and analyze facts and figures to formulate options and draw suitable conclusions, and skillfully communicate and report financial performance to stakeholders.

Demonstrated experience in full cycle management of multi-million dollar projects, sub-grants, and contracts.

Experience overseeing project start-up and close-out in multiple countries in Central, Western, and Southern Africa.

Experience facilitating efforts to identify process gaps and inefficiencies; and design solutions for improvement.

Governance, risk management, and compliance monitoring including management of internal/external financial and operation audits (including OIG audits).

Experience successfully managing legal cases in complex legal environments.

Full-cycle procurement management, and warranted Contracting Officer for US Government.

Experience navigating donor regulations with contracts and awards (e.g. USAID, DFID, Foundations).

Experience in full cycle human resources management in environments with complex labor laws.

Management of cross-functional teams including finance, general services, security, and human resources.

Official representation including media engagement.

Demonstrated communication and interpersonal skills, with exceptional cultural dexterity.

Well-grounded understanding of the following technical areas: disaster relief and preparedness, HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, MCH, water and sanitation, food security, and mainstreaming gender.

Professional experience in Government (US Peace Corps), private (DAI Inc), and non-profit sectors (LWR, American Red Cross, IFRC, FHI 360).
Women Studies; analyzing how knowledge and gender related studies inside the academia relate to practical project implementation in international development.
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    Years of Experience:
    15-20 years
    Highest Qualification:
    English, French, Amharic
    United States
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